A report in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Monday evening says European governments are ready to push for capital controls in Greece if there’s no deal this week.
Other European countries can’t make that move on their own — there’s no institutional procedure for the rest of Europe locking down an individual member state. Greece would have to pass its own law agreeing to the move.
We’re All Greek Now — Some Just Don’t Know It Yet
Let’s see…a heavily-indebted country can’t pay its bills, engages in a long series of failed attempts to manage a partial, controlled default, sees most of its capital flee to safer venues, and then, in a final act of desperation, imposes capital controls.
But it quickly realizes that it’s too late. Capital controls, to the extent that they ever work, have to be imposed by surprise, while there’s still some capital to control. If you wait until everyone expects them, the banks empty out in anticipation and you’ve locked a barn sans horses.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. From yesterday’s Daily Mail : ‘A transsexual man went to court for the right to contact the child of his former lesbian partner.
‘He brought the civil case despite having no connection with the nine-year-old girl. Identified only as Alice, she was born to two lesbians who used donor sperm from a man also in a same-sex relationship.
‘The couple — known as Rachel and Helen — split up when Alice was three. Rachel, who was her natural mother, was sectioned with schizophrenia and Helen entered a relationship with Matthew, the man who has brought the case.’
and that’s only the start of the family dynasty saga
Judge Clifford Bellamy, an ordained Methodist minister, felt obliged to add: ‘Alice’s story is an example of the different ways in which modern family life is formed. It can be complicated.’
True, but please don’t try to pretend this is the new normal.
Curiouser and curiouser cried Alice
The century of ‘big data’ will be the century of unprecedented surveillance. The dream of tyrants down through history has been the total monitoring, control and management of the public, with the ability to predict the behaviour of entire populations the most efficient means of achieving this objective. For millennia, this has mainly existed in the realm of fantasy; however, with the vast leap in technology in recent decades, this idea is becoming less a dystopian science fiction movie and more the daily business of totalitarian high-tech regimes.
Most readers are now familiar with the predatory surveillance practices of agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ, which high-level NSA whistleblower William Binney describes as “totalitarian” in nature, adding that the goal of the NSA is “to set up the way and means to control the population”. Yet many people may not be aware of the next phase in the 21st century surveillance grid; the ‘smarter city’.
Read more http://www.activistpost.com/2015/06/smart-cities-are-next-phase-in-21st.html
Meme – Painful experiences leave their mark on the body. If you have chronic pain in your back, knees, or shoulders, check this emotional pain chart which pinpoints the various common pain areas and offers insight into probably causes. You might be amazed at what’s causing the pain!
Following a huge crowd-funding drive that has raised over £29,000 from well-wishers almost exclusively from the UK, former police inspector Gonçalo Amaral has today filed his appeal against the €500,000-plus damages awarded against him in a civil case taken out by the parents of Madeleine McCann.
The Projecto Justiça Gonçalo Amaral published the news this morning, thanking “each and every one” of the nearly 2000 people who have given money to the British gofundme appeal that has helped take Amaral’s legal fight to its next stage.
As the message went out, donations continued apace – with over £390 raised in a matter of hours.
Several of the day’s donors commented this was “news worth celebrating”, but more than one suggested the story is “unlikely to be covered by mainstream media”.
Indeed, by coincidence British media is much more focused today on Madeleine’s mother Kate who is leading a bike ride for a missing people’s charity.
Fracking should be allowed at one of two sites on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, a report has recommended.
Lancashire County Council’s most senior planning officer was responding to an application by energy firm Cuadrilla to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood.
The application for Little Plumpton has been recommended for approval. Roseacre Wood has been recommended for refusal.
The final decisions will be taken by councillors next week.
The recommendation of approval is for test fracking at the site. If Cuadrilla intends to undertake commercial fracking it would require a separate application.
If approved it would be the first time a council has backed an application to frack, drill and test flow the gas and the first fracking since tests near Blackpool were deemed the mors “likely cause” of earth tremors in 2011.
Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-33132569
Payments to tax informants have leaped by 50pc over the past year, figures obtained under a freedom of information request show.
In 2014/15 a record £600,000 was paid to people who had reported suspected tax dodges by calling HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) confidental telephone hotline, with around 100,000 calls made.
Do child abuse whistleblowers – NHS whistleblowers – police corruption whistleblowers etc etc get paid?
Ask yourself WHY
Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential race and upholds to her promises, there’ll still be 50 million people in abject poverty and generations living in debt, said Ben Manski, campaign manager for 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein.
Hillary Clinton has officially confirmed she’s running for President. She addressed supporters in New York on Saturday. That was her fist campaign rally since she entered the presidential race.
RT: Hillary Clinton promised a lot of fancy things. From your point of view what will be the hardest promise to keep?
Ben Manski: I think that all the things she said she probably won’t be able to uphold to this promises. Putting aside the question of whether she has credibility to deliver on this promises there is just the reality that most Americans are facing, which that is even if Hillary Clinton did all the things that she has promised to do there still will be 50 million people in this country living in abject poverty. You’d still be looking at generations of young people who are living in debt, essentially indentured servitude. We would still have an economy and politics that are controlled by global corporations and the Clinton family is emblematic of that. They are corporate capitalism brought to politics.
Read more http://rt.com/op-edge/267190-hillary-clinton-us-democrats-elections/
The morning-after pill has been made officially available in all pharmacies to girls under 16 for the first time.
The drug, called ellaOne, which can be effective up to five days after intercourse, will be on offer nationwide to girls under the age of consent.
Although the emergency contraception is currently given to young women by many pharmacists, this is the first blanket nationwide licensing.
Existing NHS policy allows certain pharmacists to supply teenagers with a morning-after pill such as Levonelle, which works up to three days after unprotected sex.
Although girls under 16 are below the age of consent, the trial scheme means they can take action if they are worried they have become pregnant.